Jan. 11, 2005
HOUSTON, Tex. –
Former Florida State Seminole Bob Sura provided a strong dose of relief to the Tsunami victims in Southeast Asia based on his efforts in Friday’s game between his Houston Rockets and the Los Angles Lakers. Sura participated in a program called Shoot-a-Thon along with several other high profile NBA players AND will donate $20,000 to help victims of the Indian Ocean tsunami. Sura was one of seven NBA players to pledge $1,000 for each point they scored in Friday night’s games. He scored 20 points in the Rockets’ 111-104 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Sura was joined by Rockets’ teammate Tracy McGrady, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Jermaine O’Neal of the Indiana Pacers, Jalen Rose of the Toronto Raptors and Pau Gasol and Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies who also took part in the $1,000-per-point donations, which will be made to UNICEF. Each of these NBA players provided $1,000 for every point that they scored on Friday night. After the night was over $208,000 had been raised for the UNICEF Relief Fund that will provide aid to victims of the Indian Ocean Tsunami.
Just missing a triple-double, Sura finished Friday night’s game with 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, resulting in a $20,000 donation for the UNICEF Relief Fund. After the game he was satisfied with his effort to help tsunami victims.
“Their lives have really been uprooted and a lot has been taken away from them,” Sura said. “So a little donation to help out and help get their lives back in order. It makes you fell good inside when you are able to help.”
Houston lost the game 111-104 but during the game Bryant, McGrady, and Sura help to raise a combined $73,000. Sura, who played for the FSU from 1991-1995, has averaged 8.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 5.8 rebounds for the Rockets this season.